Rational Radicalism and Political Theory Essays in Honor of Stephen Eric Bronner

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-19
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Paying tribute to one of the more original theorist of the late 20th and early 21st century, Rational Radicalism and Political Theory probes the thought of Stephen Eric Bronner. This collection of essays encompasses themes such as the Enlightenment's radical legacy, the impulse of cosmopolitanism, the rejuvenation of socialist theory and politics, and advances in Critical Theory. These essays make new contributions to many areas of left political theory, while at the same time reflecting on the ways Stephen Bronner's ideas serve to generate a new kind of critical political theory. Blending political and intellectual history, normative and moral argumentation, and forays into the nature of politics itself, this book brings together new voices in political theory to assess Bronner's contributions and pave new paths for the future of political theory.

Author Biography

Michael J. Thompson is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at William Paterson University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Reworking the Enlightenment Tradition
On Organizing, Solidarity, and the Enlightenmentp. 13
Combating Inequalities of the Sexual Kind: Enlightenment Universalism and the Horizon of Inclusionp. 29
Reason and Enlightenment: The Values of the Liberal Traditionp. 43
Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights
The Curious Case of Cosmopolitan Sensibilityp. 59
Reclaiming Internationalism: Normative Innovation, Popular Sovereignty and Human Rights in the Global Erap. 69
The History of Human Rights and Critical Theoryp. 97
Reflections on Critical Theory
Psychoanalysis and the Rational Subject: The Problem of Agencyp. 115
Feminism in Action: History, Ideology, Traditionp. 127
Embodiment as Resistance: Evaluating Stephen Bronner's Contributions to Critical Theory from the Perspective of the Radical Selfp. 141
Marxism, Ethics, and the Task of Critical Theoryp. 161
Rethinking Socialist Tradition and Theory
Socialism: Liberal or Democratic-Republican?p. 191
Concepts, Traditions, and Actions: Rescuing Political Theory from the History of Political Thoughtp. 209
The Materialist Principle "Unbound": Socialist History and the Reconstruction of a Movementp. 229
Bronner vs. Fukuyama: 1989, the End of History, and the New Internationalismp. 251
Appendix: The Enlightenment and its Critics: An Interview with Stephen Eric Bronnerp. 267
Indexp. 279
List of Contributorsp. 285
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